Does a 13 year old have the right to choose with what parent to live with in the state of Wisconsin?
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:41 AM
No. The age at which a child unilaterally gets to decide which parent he or she lives with is the age of majority, which is 18 in Wisconsin and most other states. At 13, the child may have an opportunity to tell the court what he or she wants, but the court will also consider what the parents want as well as other factors, and decide based on what is considered to be in the child's best interest.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:01 AM
In almost all situations, a court will keep one primary question in mind when deciding a custody case, namely, what is in the best interests of the child. In most states, the age a child may decide which parent to live with is 18. A court may consider to take the wishes of the child if he or she is sufficiently mature to express reasoned and independent preferences as to the parenting time schedule. For further clarificaiton, you may consult with a local Wisonsin Family Law Lawyer to address your specific situation. I also suggest you visit the Family Law Center and read Child Custody as a good resource to learn more about this subject matter.
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